Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Government Abandons GM-Free production

Government Abandons GM-Free production. Farmers' proposal for contamination thresholds unacceptable to public.

Ask Helen Clark or her Ministers if the government will protect GM-Free production systems in New Zealand and you will not get a straight answer.

That is because the Labour government has decided to abandon preserving GM-free production as the price of GE-release under the NOOM bill which returns to parliament Tuesday 7th October.

" The government has refused an amendment to require ERMA to preserve GM-free production systems. It is betraying the national interest by pushing on with release without such legal protection," says Jon Carapiet from GE-Free NZ in food and environment.

The government's intransigence is all the more surprising as new evidence has emerged in recent weeks that not only is our economy reliant on guaranteed GM-Free production, but that is what the majority of people in New Zealand and in our major markets want for their families.

The government is refusing to consider the evidence from research it has invested in - such as last month's Otago University Business School study that advised "New Zealand should defer commercial release of GMO's in farm animals for meat or milk production, and for pasture and animal feed, until such time as this technology becomes widely accepted in European markets" ( "Trust and Country Image" page 78).

This covers most of our primary exports when considered together with the admonitions of food exporters like Sanitarium and Zespri for an extension of the moratorium, and standards for other exports such as the requirement for non-GM timber by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Instead of listening to the evidence (as they promised to do after the Royal Commission), the government has decided to "abandon" rather than "preserve opportunities". The government is refusing legal protection for the one thing New Zealanders and our overseas customers are demanding: GE-Free production.

Instead they are intent on GE release to please lobby groups from the biotech industry even at the cost of the wellbeing of present and future generations.

" We cannot trust ERMA to preserve GE-free production whether organic or conventional. ERMA openly admit they are there to 'manage' contamination and negative effects, not prevent them, ' says Mr Carapiet.

"The government is abdicating its responsibility to the people of this country by refusing to protect GM-free production by law."

After years of dishonesty and spin the passing of their "NOOM" bill is the time for the government to come clean and tell the people of this country what levels of GE contamination they propose to allow.

Europe has this week set GE contamination thresholds ranging from 0.3% for swede rape, 0.5 for beet, maize, potatoes and tomatoes, to 0.7% for soy.

Before thousands of New Zealanders take to the streets on Saturday to voice their concern, they have the right to know from the government what levels of contamination the government propose.

The 1% GE contamination proposed by Federated Farmers as a target for ERMA to work to is unacceptable. It is unacceptable to the majority of people. It's time for ministers to be honest and go public about what percent they they envisage as OK.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Half A Billion Accounts: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>

ALSO:

Half Full: Fonterra Raises Forecast Payout As Global Supply Shrinks

Fonterra Cooperative Group, the dairy processor which will announce annual earnings tomorrow, hiked its forecast payout to farmers by 50 cents per kilogram of milk solids as global supply continues to decline, helping prop up dairy prices. More>>

ALSO:

Results:

Meat Trade: Silver Fern Farms Gets Green Light For Shanghai Maling Deal

The government has given the green light for China's Shanghai Maling Aquarius to acquire half of Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand's biggest meat company, with ministers satisfied it will deliver "substantial and identifiable benefit". More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news